Spot on, Cleasanta!
If i decide to choose that breed, I want to see written proof of the tests performed on sire and dam. Not all of them seem to be able to offer that...
Really, that's laughable!
Hey DA. We had a Newfie when I was a kid. We grew up with her always about, like our shadow. She was an awesome dog, just amazing. The only time we used to get frustrated with her was when we went swimming in the lake and she used to swim out and drag us back to shore... We used to have to tie her up and she could get very upset - thinking we were drowning no doubt.
She was a completely constant dog, always even natured. She went with is kids wherever we went, just tagging along keping an eye on us. She used to looove lying quietly next to whoever was cooking the BBQ, and used to walk herself down the street every week to sit outside the butchers door until he gave her a bone. She'd then carry it all the way home before she ate it. Scary thought now I know, but many dogs weren't fenced in, it wasn't given a second thought! She was very dearly loved in our neighbourhood.
Did you know the original "Nanny" dog in Peter Pan was a newfie?
That's them. Big, lovable, gentle, drooling, huggable bears...
Sory - forgot. You're spot on DA - be sure of hip and elbow scores, also eyelid issues like entroption or ectroption.
Black and white Newfs can tend to be a litte slighter than the blacks and browns and are called "Landseer" Newfoundlands.
Given most everybody's description, BYB that is registered, does testing and keeps track of family lines is what you want. Ie one where the all dogs live in the back yard or with the family.
It took me a year and a bit to find the right dog. Don't be in any rush. If you're looking for word of mouth recommendations, they won't be on the web. And a pretty web page - does not a good breeder make. Doesn't make a bad one either.
hello! Sorry for my absence! I'm away on holidays! You can't imagine my suprise when I saw this thread!
I could write all night, but get no internet on my computer so am typing this off my iPhone so should keep in short in the interest of my fingers!
George is my first Newfie and I have had him now almost 2 years. As I have mentioned in a prior thread, I grew up with Golden Retrievers and have always loved their temperaments. However, since GTs have gained such enormous popularity over the past 20 years, I have witnessed less consistency in the eveness of their temperments. With a Newf, you are pretty much guaranteed a placid, well natured dog you can trust. I am also a horse owner and love big animals so the Newfoe's size was a big draw card for me too!
I have been nothing but thrilled by my pup, he constantly exceeds my expectations in everyway and I'd a perfect fit for my lifestyle and my own disposition. I really believe they are a dog that adapts well to the household it is brought up in.
As far as being a Watchdog, I'd certainly say they are! I am young and live with another young single girlfriend in the city and having George is such great peace of mind. He is a quiet dog, dimly does not bark, unless someone he doesn't know comes to the door and he is outside (where he can see the door). They have not a fierce, but a bloody great big deal bark that will scare any non-dog person who does not pick up on his body language and see he is wagging his tail! We're from the country originally and have only recently moved to the city. I have been in a couple situations our walking George that I have felt quite threatened, and George certainly has gotten between me and the scary person and barked. They don't have an aggressive bone in their body but certainly ate protective of their family.
As far as space goes, a lot of people are under the wrong impression that such a big dog needs a huge area. This is untrue. Newfs are actually recommended for apartment dwellers as they are so lazy. My ladt house was on an acre, my new house has a tiny yard, and I take him to my paddock which ison 30 acres. No matter how much room a Newf has, they very rarely utilise it. They will find the spot that is absolutely closest to you (eg the back door) plonk themselves down and sleep till their next meal/walk/play. Same as inside. George he found his spot in the kitchen where he has full view of all bedrooms, loungeroom and bathroom, so should be choose to wake up he can keep a watchful eye on everyone and he will lie there for hours.
Newfies are largely inactive, they are not the jump around kind of dog, very sensible and laid back. Because of this, you need to exercise them, because they won't exercise themselves! Once over 18months, daily walks are essential. My vet has advised me 2 or 3 20 minute walks a day are preferable to one hour long walk a day, just so ad you are not putting undue stress on their joints. My boy usually gets a 15 min walk in the morning and about 40 min at night, mainly cause we have such a small yard and I'm worried he gets bored!
I have experienced no digging, no chewing, no barking, no aggression (intact George avoids confrontation). I do however experience lots of drool (I take a towel with me to the dog park to save people's clothes) an insane amount of fur everywhere (I vacuum everyday), and lots of aggressive little dogs!
Puppy preschool and obedience training is essential from a young age not because they are naughty/dumb, but because they grow so fast! They pick it up very fast and are very willing to please. They are the most loyal dog, George won't venture more than about 15 meters from me even at the dog park, and if he's outside will sit outside the closest window in which he can watch me.
For the first 18 months of life they need to be wrapped in cotton wool to avoid damage to their soft and forming bones- no tug of war, no fetch, no going up or doen stairs ANC they advise no excessive playing with other dogs (is dog park).
They are an expensive dog to buy and keep- you're looking at at least $2000 to purchase, huge feed bills while they are growing. It is essentail that you feed absolute super premium quality food again to reduce health risks and to KEEP THEM LEAN (can't emphasize that enough)- my food costs $145 a bag and I go through one every 5-6 weeks fully grown, although it was more like ever 3-4 weeks when he was a pup! Add to that insurance costs which is absolutely essential and any reputable breeder will not allow you to take a puppy home without adequate insurance. I also had to buy a new car cause my Newf outgrew my old one!!!!
To sum up, in my (new) experience, a wonderful, calm dog that requires a lot of dedication and work. Highly recommended if you don't want a dog that needs constant physical activity!
Feel free to contact me with any other questions! Or if you live near Melb I'd be happy to introduce you to George!
So much for not writing all night! Ha!
Oh Newfie, thank you so much for answering. And what an answer - you have covered so much!!!
I have read through all that, and will relay the info to family tonight and see if they still feel a Newfie would be suitable.
Thanks also to Natty Lou for that particular information. Appreciated.
My last comment to finish of my Zed episode before I close that door behind me...Breeder has contacted me to let me know that he got home safely, travelled well but is a little worn out from such a long day. She thanked me for looking after him so well as she felt he was in excellent condition, and even offered to do up a referral to recommend me to any other breeder in the future. I must say, that helped my heavy heart and went a long way to making me feel a bit better.
I also thank you all for the kind and helpful comments given to me - you helped me get through this more than you know.
We had one when I was a little kid. Great personality, got on really well with the cat (would carry it around in its mouth like a puppy). Lovely, gentle dog, perfect with kids. Very high-maintenance coat, it was always getting full of burrs and prickles.
Terrible watch dog though- Dad wanted it to keep kangaroos off the lawn (we lived in a rural area- yes this was a naive goal!). The dog would go to the other side of the house to where the roos were!
I only ask because I am on the waiting list and have left a deposit for my little brown boy (who I will name Ferrero ) and his breeder is in SA.
I really hope it isn't the same breeder, but it has started to make me wonder considering how 'cool and ok' he was with everything...
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